Jayhawks Record First Win of the Season

Nov. 24, 2004

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University of Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson got her first victory at KU with a 59-48 win over visiting Sacred Heart, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks held Sacred Heart to just 30 percent shooting in the second half.

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Kansas had a balanced attack with every Jayhawk that played in the scoring column. Senior guard Aquanita Burras and freshman forward Taylor McIntosh paced KU with 11 points each. Burras added a team-high nine rebounds. Senior Blair Waltz added nine points, while juniors Erica Hallman and Crystal Kemp added seven points apiece.

After the game, Henrickson was pleased with her team’s performance. “I am most excited for the kids,” Henrickson said. “It is a reward for a great effort coming out of the locker room in the second half. We went into halftime down four and we had a goal that at the first media timeout, we wanted to be up three and I think we were up more than that. We had a little bit of a lull where we gave up some uncontested shots, but I thought overall our defensive intensity in the second half was night-and-day better than it was in the first half.”

Sacred Heart led 29-25 at the break. The Jayhawks hit 11-of-23 shots in the second half to seal the win. KU also picked up defensively in the second half, forcing 17 turnovers and recording 10 steals that led to 19 Jayhawk points.

The Pioneers had one player in double figures. Nicolle Rubino led Sacred Heart with a game-high 16 points. Colleen Duggan added nine points off the bench and Amanda Pape scored seven and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Jayhawks (1-1) will return home Saturday to face UMKC at Allen Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.